JEFFERSON CITY — The sale of "I'm Pet Friendly" license plates has raised more than $100,000 since 2009 for a pet spay and neuter program in Missouri.
Each specialty plate costs $25 for the emblem use and $15 for the plate fee. Through each specialty plate that is sold, $20 is donated to the program.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture said that last year, the program provided $20,000 worth of grants for animal shelters, humane societies and nonprofit rescue groups. The money is used to spay and neuter pets before they are adopted or to help low-income owners who can't afford to fix their animals.
The Missouri Spay & Neuter Grant Program is accepting grant applications through the end of February. Last year's recipients included organizations located in Ava, Cadet, Fenton, Kansas City, Perryville, Ray County, Richmond, Rolla and Sedalia.